JOSH MacAlister kicked off his campaign to become the next MP for Whitehaven and Workington with an event at his campaign office in Workington town centre.

In a speech to locals and Labour activists at the weekend, Mr MacAlister set out his first steps for the local area, which includes:

  • Action to bring down bills by fighting to secure investment in home insulation and putting more money in the pockets of working people through Labour’s New Deal
  • Cutting NHS waiting lists in West Cumbria by paying NHS staff overtime to deliver hundreds more appointments and operations in the evenings and at weekends
  • Backing new nuclear and industry to create jobs and grow West Cumbria’s economy.

Mr MacAlister said: “I am proud to launch my campaign to be the next Labour MP for Whitehaven and Workington. I know that our community deserves better than the past 14 years of Tory decline.

“Over the next few weeks, I will set out my plans to change communities across Whitehaven and Workington, including starting the fight to bring new nuclear here on day one if elected, putting our NHS back on its feet and tackling the cost of living crisis which is still hitting local people so hard.

“Together we can change Whitehaven and Workington.”

Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, said: “This is a chance to change Whitehaven and Workington with Labour.

“Over the course of the last four years, we have changed the Labour Party and returned it once more to the service of working people.

“All we ask now, humbly, is to do exactly the same for our country. And return Britain to the service of working people. A vote for Labour is a vote for economic and political stability, an end to Conservative chaos, and a long-term plan to rebuild Britain.”